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AboutNukoa Family Dentistry

Nukoa Family Dentistry is a Duluth based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Hernandez and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 770-371-5895 and experience why our patients think Nukoa Family Dentistry is the best dentist in Duluth.

Dr. Hernandez

Dr. Hernandez

Juan Carlos Hernandez, DDS, is a certified Doctor of Dental Surgery born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. In 1996, he received his dentistry degree from Javeriana University in Bogota. After practicing dentistry for several years in Colombia, Dr. Hernandez moved to New York City. He attended the New York University, where he trained in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in the International Program, then continued with the Advanced Dentistry Program, earning his D.D. S in 2007. For the next three years following his graduation, he moved to Fort Stewart to practice in the US Army active-duty service.

In 2010, he moved to Atlanta where he practiced Advance Dentistry at Nukoa Family Dentistry. At the same time, he joined the Georgia National Guard where he has been a Dental Officer since 2010 to now.

Dr Hernandez is a Fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry and Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is Fluent in both English and Spanish and welcomes new patients of all ages. Call or book an appointment online.


Dr. Urrego-Torres

Originally from Colombia, Dr. Claudia received her DDS degree in 1995. After practicing several years in Colombia, she moved to the US and completed her American dental training receiving her DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

With over 25 years of experience as a Dentist, Dr. Claudia understands that for many patients visiting the dentist may be the cause of fear or anxiety. Therefore, she uses her skills and gentle chair side manners to put her patients at ease during dental treatment and strives to provide them with a comfortable experience.

Dr. Claudia enjoys practicing all aspects of Dentistry and provides comprehensive dental treatment to patients of all ages. She is constantly taking continuing education courses and is a certified provider of Botox used in TMJ therapy and cosmetic enhancement.

Dr. Liliana Rio

Dr. Rios

Dr. Liliana Rios is the newest member of the Nukoa Dentistry team. She got her B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia and went on to graduate from a top program earning her DDS from the UNC School of Dentistry at Chapel hill. She is originally from the Atlanta area and is returning home after practicing in North Carolina.

Dr. Rios is gentle and warm, treating all patients like family. She has a passion for esthetics and pushes herself to learn new techniques for creating beautiful smiles. During dental school, Dr. Rios was extremely involved in volunteer work and outreach trips, including a trip to Uganda. She continues to make outreach work a priority.

Dr. Rios was a former collegiate athlete and still enjoys playing sports and being active. She speaks both English and Spanish and is currently welcoming patients of all ages.

Sandra Michael

Dental Assistant - Duluth

Sandra Michael is a compassionate and dedicated assistant. She is here to make your visits to our office a smooth and worry-free experience. Sandra enjoys assisting patients in achieving the smile of their dreams. She works closely with our Orthodontics patients to make their monthly visits to change wires and elastics a quick and painless experience. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her firefighter husband and dog Luke, whom she affectionately calls Lukey. She also enjoys reading and gardening.

Clara I. Matos

Practice Manager - Duluth

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Ligita Lizuniene

Registered Dental Hygienist - Duluth

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Andrea Ferro

Front Desk Receptionist - Duluth

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Mary Lattanzio

Dental Assistant - Duluth

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Dora Gonzalez

Registered Dental Hygienist - Duluth

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